University of Nottingham 1-1 Sheffield Hallam

Posted by Mark Beavis on 19 February 2018

University of Nottingham 1-1 Sheffield Hallam

One shot, one goal. That’s all it took last Sunday for the Sheffield Hallam men’s side to secure a point at table topping University of Nottingham. The result, along with Doncaster’s defeat away at Deeside and Bowdon thrashing Cannock, means the Abbeydale outfit move up a place in their quest to avoid relegation from the England Hockey League North Conference.

The hosts started at a frenetic pace with Sheffield hardly getting a touch. It seemed inevitable that Nottingham’s pressure would lead to a goal and this was realised in the eighth minute when Howard Iffla neatly scored with a reverse stick shot in to the roof of the net.

Sheffield rallied and started to mount the occasional attack of their own. Nottingham however, were much more comfortable on a very bouncy pitch and looked untroubled as they strung together a succession of impressive passing moves. Sheffield were relieved to hear the half time whistle and take the chance to regroup.

The second half was played out in similar fashion with Nottingham being able to have free run of the park. In Sheffield’s goal was Rory McCallum who was becoming more and more a major thorn in Nottingham’s quest for more goals. McCallum, who is actually a student at the University of Nottingham, repeatedly denied the Nottingham students, some of whom are his own housemates. MCCallum, frustrated at the lack of first team action at Nottingham had moved to Sheffield seeking the opportunity to play in the National League, put on a man-of the match performance to keep his side in the match.

Eventually, with less than two minute left on the clock, Sheffield forced their first penalty corner of the match. Up stepped player-coach Will Hearne to slot the ball past Jack Tranter in the home goal. Once again Sheffield had left it late but after collecting four points against the top two teams in the league they will be mightily satisfied with their work. This Sunday, the team entertain third placed Loughborough Students.


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